Ryanair Takes Delivery of First of 210 Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ Aircraft on Order
In Seattle, Washington today, Ryanair took delivery of their first of 210 Boeing 737-8200 (737-8 MAX) ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft on order. The aircraft will deliver a four percent increase in passenger capacity, while reducing fuel burn by 16 percent per seat.
On Thursday (June 16, 2021), Ryanair announced that they have taken delivery of their first of 210 Boeing 737-8200 (737-8 MAX) ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft on order today in Seattle, Washington today. The aircraft flew overnight from Seattle and landed at Dublin Airport this afternoon. Ryanair’s investment in the new technology is valued at over $22 billion, and the aircraft will offer a four percent increase in passenger capacity, while delivering a 16 percent reduction in fuel burn per seat, a 40 percent lower noise footprint and reduced CO2 emissions.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, said,
“We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamchanger aircraft. These new Boeing 737 aircraft will help Ryanair lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and CO2 emissions as we invest heavily in new technology to deepen our environmental commitment as Europe’s greenest, cleanest major airline. Each B737 aircraft offers 197 seats (compared to our 189-seat current 737 fleet). However, our customers will enjoy more leg room, new Boeing “Sky Interiors” and lower fares, while reducing their environmental footprint by switching to these new aircraft.
“Due to regrettable delivery delays, we expect to take delivery of just 12 of these aircraft during Summer 2021, with 6 delivering in Ryanair colours and 6 in Malta Air colours.
“Ryanair expects to take delivery of an additional 50 of these B737 “Gamechanger” aircraft before Summer 2022, which will enable the Ryanair Group to rebound strongly, offering new routes, lower fares, and rapid traffic recovery to many partner airports across Europe as the tourism industry rebuilds from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/2021.”
Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline usually carries over 154 million passengers annually with over 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair typically serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A320s. Currently, the low-cost carrier has an additional 209 Boeing 737-8200s on order. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for over 35 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”